Art & Pottery Workshops and Training

Art Classes in Manchester

We run programmes of creative workshops open to anyone over the age of 16 (apart from Saturday Art Clubs and Family Ceramics which are open to younger people). Spark your creativity with one of our art or pottery sessions and learn a new skill, connect with others or continue your professional development!

If you would like to receive an email when our new art and pottery classes in Manchester go live, you can sign up for the Public Creative Workshops mailing list here, and receive up-to-date, regular information about our exhibitions and events by subscribing to our Gallery Events mailing list. Or check here to see if we have any workshops now booking, alternatively, see below.

Please see cancellation policy and additional workshop-related information at the bottom of this page. Visit here to check if there are any events that have been scheduled recently but have not yet been listed below.

September – December 2021

Workshop Title
Time, Date
PriceDetails & Bookings
Pottery Evening Course: Follow-on Handbuilding (4-week)
From Sept 9th, 18:30-20:30
From Nov 18th, 18:30-20:30
 £65Our 4-week course will build on your handbuilding skills learned in our introductory sessions to help you design and create your own pieces. Details and bookings for the September course here and November here.
Pottery Course: An Introduction to Handbuilding (5-week)
From Sept 24th, 11:00-13:00 or
October 7th 18:30-20:30
£75A 5-week programme led by artist and ceramicist Sharon Giles, teaching you a range of handbuilding techniques to create bespoke pottery. Details and bookings for the September Daytime course here and November Evening course here.
Linoprint: Wallpaper with Becca Smith
September 23rd-October 7th, 18:30-20:30
£50A 3-week course of printmaking, literature and wallpaper design, led by artist Becca Smith. Details and bookings here.
Wire Butterfly Sculpture
October 16th, 11:30-13:00
 £15Sculpt your own piece from intricate wire wrapping. Details and bookings here.
Pottery: Introduction to Throwing on the Wheel
From October 8th or
From November 5th
Always wanted to try throwing on the pottery wheel? Sharon will teach you everything you need to know in our bespoke studio! Whether you’ve always wanted to try throwing, have attended an Arc pottery course before, or want to develop your existing skills, our course has been specially designed for you! Details and bookings for October here and November here. VERY LIMITED PLACES!!
Pottery Pets
October 16th, 11:00-14:00
Design and sculpt a unique, fun and adorable pottery pet – sculpt your own pet from clay, creating a piece of truly priceless and characterful art! Details and bookings here.
Saturday Pottery Club: Fishbowls & Portholes
September 18th, 11:00-12:30, 13:00-14:30
£15Create your own wild, underwater world full of fish, plants and sea creatures! You will design, make and glaze a fishbowl or porthole plaque, full of colour and texture. Details and bookings here.
Arts & Health Week: Pro Dev, Networking & Arts & Performance Events
October 13th-16th
FREE – £5Part of #StockportTogetherAgain. Details and bookings here.
Introduction to Glass Fusing
October 30th,
10:30-12:30 or 13:00-15:00
£27Learn, experiment, collaborate and create beautiful and unusual pieces using glass fusing techniques. Details and bookings here.
Drink & Doodle
October 21st
£15Bookings and details here.
Drawing Social at a Distance (Zoom)
October 6th, 19:00-20:00
£5.89Join artist Becca Smith amongst a large group of beginners and creatives, in this collaborative and engaging virtual drawing session. All abilities welcome and encouraged! Details and bookings here.
Saturday Art Clubs: September – Stockport Together Again & October – Halloween Spooktacular£0-£20September’s Club will be at SWMAG on the 25th.

After last year’s virtual success, we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be donning our best costumes and turning our studio into our own house of horrors on the 30th. There will be a range of ghostly activities to entertain you and your children, from a spooky sing-and-dance-a-long, horror story writing, to creating your own splatter monsters! We’ll also have activities that you can take home to enjoy! Make a donation here.

Intro to Watercolour Painting 2-Week Course

£40From different watercolour techniques, to colour usage and theory, and textural mark making, you will be led by artist Stewart Kelly to complete exercises and experiment to create watercolour pieces. Stewart delivers an engaging and welcoming environment, whether you’re a complete beginner, or passionate about watercolour painting. Details and bookings here.
Artist Networking Online: Safeguarding and BoundariesFREECreative projects with vulnerable people – an introduction to safeguarding and boundaries. Details and bookings here.
New #ArtAtHome courses now live – Arc On Demand!£10+See all products here.
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If you have any questions about booking, after you have attended a workshop or you would like to suggest particular types of training or workshops held at the centre, please contact us via You will find detailed visitor information including for parking and transport here.
Workshop Refund & Cancellation Policy
Free ticket cancellation
You can cancel your ticket via Eventbrite. If it is close to the session date, we kindly request that you recommend it to a friend or share it on social media, which would really help us to fill the space.
If you need to cancel a workshop
Please check dates and times carefully before booking. We understand that some unforseen circumstances may arise, so if you are unable to attend your booked workshop and it’s more than 14 days in advance of the start date, then we will try to offer a transfer to an alternative date or workshop. We appreciate that it is not always possible to find someone who can buy your ticket from you and will refund your ticket.
If cancellation is within 14 days of your workshop, I’m afraid we are unable to offer a refund due to the uncertainty of being able to fill the space at short notice. We understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend so we are happy for you to send along a friend to take your place or to pass or sell it to somone – just let us know.
Our right to cancel a workshop
Should we need to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation. We will give you a full refund or if you prefer a transfer to an alternative available course, space permitting we will try to accommodate this.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.
Tickets do not need to be printed.